Athletic Club have extended the contract of keeper Iago Herrerin, who now looks set to become the club’s first choice.
Spanish daily Marca reported the deal, shortly after the club confirmed via their official social media channels, adding to speculation linking Kepa with a move to Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a deal which will see him remain at the club until 2021 and includes a £45m release clause.
He is now likely to become the club’s first choice keeper with youngster Kepa having reportedly undergone a medical with Madrid.
Long have Madrid been keen admirers of the young Basque stopper and it has been reported that a deal is being discussed by all parties.
Spanish daily Marca reported that a deal had been agreed earlier in December, which they said would be formally completed following Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
However, they failed to materialise, meaning negotiations have now begun over a potential January move or a free transfer in the summer.
Whilst current number one Keylor Navas has been performing well; Madrid officials have been interested in a number of options who they feel can provide a long-term option.
Man United’s David De Gea was red hot favourite to become the long term replacement for Iker Casillas, who left the club two summers back for Porto, but Spain’s number one has now seemingly been demoted as the Spanish club’s preferred choice.
With Madrid’s desire to sign a new first choice keeper developing fast, it would see the new signing move straight into the starting eleven, leaving Navas’ future in doubt.
Current back-up keeper Kiko Casilla has been told he can leave the club in January.